When was the last time you were vulnerable?
I work at being vulnerable every day.
I feel so overwhelmed, and so inadequate to do what needs doing, yet I keep at it, doing what little I can each day.
Fortunately we are not encased in exoskeletons like insects, and don’t need to shed our skin to grow – our skeleton is on the inside, where it is free to grow, and our outsides are relatively soft and squishy – which is not so good from a protection perspective, but does actually help us from many other perspectives.
It seems to me that one of the things that helps us to be as cooperative as we are, is that we are all so soft ad physically vulnerable. We damage relatively easily, so must have quite highly evolved systems of behaviour to keep us safe.
Being vulnerable, showing our weaknesses, is a big part of maintaining social stability – at many different levels.